Just for fun
Will your kids be nervous or eager as they reach out to pat a large snake? They will probably be surprised to find that it does not feel cold or slippery, but quite warm. Macadamia Castle offers a range of educational animal encounters, from patting (and even holding!) a carpet python, to peeking inside a mouse house and finding out what secret activities mice get up to.
1699 Pacific Hwy, Knockrow; (02) 6687 8432
■ Rabbit patting – cuddle a rabbit at one of two sessions daily.
Tawny frogmouths spend their daytime perched on gum tree branches, often low down, but you will rarely spot them in normal circumstances because they look exactly like the broken stumps of tree branches. They are disguised by streaky, mottled plumage and the way they tilt their heads. However, if you listen at night you might hear their ooom-ooom-ooom call. See if you can spot the tawny frogmouth in the photo on the Australian Museum website: australianmuseum.net.au/image/Tawny-Frogmouth-during-day
■ Check the website for the daily schedule of keeper talks. The tawny frogmouth is one of the more unusual animals you’ll have a chance to see up close during a keeper’s feed and talk.